The Carolina Silverbell is a Southeast U.S. native, small understory tree with a broad, rounded crown.   In the wild, Carolina Silverbell typically does not exceed 35′ in height and is frequently shrubby in habit.  It features drooping clusters (usually 2-5 flowers each) of bell-shaped, white flowers (1/2″) which appear in April shortly before or simultaneous to the point when the leaves emerge. Four-winged, brownish, nut-like fruits appear in the fall and often persist well into the winter. Dull, finely toothed, dark yellowish-green, ovate-oblong leaves (2-5″ long) turn a somewhat attractive yellow in fall, but may drop rather early.